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Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 Business until 12:33 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
7. Willie Coffey (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met NHS Ayrshire and Arran and what matters were discussed. (S4O-03967)



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 Business until 12:33 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
Willie Coffey

I am aware that the cabinet secretary was recently at University hospital Crosshouse, where she met her health and social care teams. Will she advise on how progress towards the integration of health and social care is benefiting my constituents in Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley?



Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Willie Coffey (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (SNP)

Can the minister confirm that the granting of further licences by the UK Government cannot circumvent Scotland’s planning system, through which applications will be determined?



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Willie Coffey (Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley) (SNP)

I have two questions. The first is on the digital single market and the second is a more general question about how Europe aims to reconnect—or connect—with its citizens.

Mr Juncker tells us that if we create this

“digital single market, we can generate ... €250 billion of additional growth ... creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs”.

That is certainly being big on the “big things”, as you said in your opening remarks, Ms Minor. We also know that the infrastructure budget for things such as broadband, which was mentioned by Jamie McGrigor, was slashed from about €9 billion to €1 billion. My question is: how can we have one if we do not have the other? To make an analogy, I think that it is a bit like having service stations all over Europe but poor roads linking them. How can we have that level of investment in the digital single market if we take our eye off the ball on the whole infrastructure that delivers and drives it?



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Willie Coffey

The risk of leaving it to the market, of course, is that remoter communities, not just in Scotland but across Europe, are always the last to get services because the rate of return is not there. We have seen that in Scotland, and it can probably be seen elsewhere. Given what you have said, do you think that there is a counterbalance to that to ensure that such digital exclusion does not get worse?



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Willie Coffey

Yes. It is about how you plan to connect with the ordinary citizens of Europe. In my view, the European Parliament’s website and indeed the Commission’s public-facing website are not exactly aimed at the ordinary citizen. They look as though they were designed by officials and aimed at academics.

The committee has said on a number of occasions that Europe needs to think about how it talks to its citizens and that it needs to engage with them more appropriately. Do you see a need for that to counter the negative, anti-European coverage that we get in the media? In fact, that coverage is almost exclusively negative, particularly in the UK. Do you not think that you have an opportunity to communicate with the public in a way that makes it easier for ordinary members of the public to access the work that you do?



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Willie Coffey

I accept and agree with all that, but 500 million citizens in Europe are not getting that message. They are certainly not getting it from your website or the European Parliament’s website, which are, frankly, boring. The main feature on the European Parliament’s website today asks

“Are your sausages made with horse meat?”

Your website just has documents flung all over it. If the Commission thinks that that is the way to engage with the public, you need to step up a wee bit and engage more directly with the messages that you want to give people.



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Willie Coffey

Thanks very much.



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Willie Coffey

You will recall that at previous meetings some members requested more summary information about the kind of investments that the European Union is making in particular areas. We asked for a wee summary of that to be attached to the bulletin. Will that ever be included in the bulletin itself, or would it be something separate that the committee would have to ask for? It is important that we can find out about some of the beneficial, positive programmes that Europe is driving and delivering for Scotland and for elsewhere. That would be very helpful.



European and External Relations Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Willie Coffey

Thank you.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12160.2 Michael Matheson: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Kez
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YesCarried

S4M-12160.3 Margaret Mitchell: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Ke
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NoDefeated

S4M-12160 Kezia Dugdale: Women Offenders—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Scottish G
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YesCarried

S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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NoDefeated

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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YesCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11636: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10321: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10186: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09679: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08817: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08376: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08319: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08271: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07822: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07817: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03967: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03911: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03815: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03765: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03627: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03579: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03567: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03430: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03391: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03264: Willie Coffey, Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/05/2014 Show Full Question >>

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